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Boise State QB Jared Zabransky
You could call it the greatest game ever played, and you wouldn't be wrong. Boise State and Oklahoma squared off in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2007, and there aren't enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe what happened.
The Sooners were the powerful Big 12 team that many thought could bulldoze right through poor little Boise State. But the Broncos surprised everyone by jumping out to a 28-10 lead. And that's only where the madness begins.
Oklahoma scored two touchdowns and a field goal to tie the score with just over a minute to go. The question then became, should Boise State go big or play for overtime? They went big, but on the first play of the drive, quarterback Jared Zabransky's pass was intercepted by Marcus Walker who returned it for a touchdown.
On the ensuing drive, Boise State faced a 4th-and-18 with less than 20 seconds left. Zabransky threw a perfect pass over the middle to Drisan James, who was very near the first down. But as he was crossing the field in one direction, he flipped it back to teammate Gerard Rabb who was running the other way. It caught the Sooners' defense off guard, and Rabb dove into the end zone to tie the score.
After a 25-yard run by Adrian Peterson gave Oklahoma a 7-point lead in overtime, Boise State again faced a fourth down that needed to result in a touchdown. It did, after a halfback pass from Vinny Peretta to Derek Schouman, but instead of lining up for an extra point to send the game into a second overtime, Boise State went for two.
And for the third time in the span of a few short minutes, a trick play resulted in something special. This time, it was the statue-of-liberty play in which Zabransky faked a pass toward one sideline and held the ball behind his back for running back Ian Johnson, who snatched it and practically walked into the end zone, securing the 43-42 win. Johnson then seized the moment and proposed to his girlfriend, a cheerleader for Boise State.
It concluded a script that even Hollywood would find unbelievable, and it is without question the greatest memory from New Year's Day in the BCS era.